The saddest time we face in life
Is not the funeral bier,
Nor when our courage fails us-
When tested by life's fires....
The saddest time in life, I think-
Is when we realize...
We've lost capacity to love-
The soul inside us dies.
We find that only pain remains-
No single spark of joy..
Nor can we ease the agony
By methods we employ.
Romance, at best, is bitter-sweet
But, oh, how sad the case-
When all the sweetness of our lives
The bitter does erase.
'Tis then we face the awful truth
All hope for peace is gone,
And only twisty paths remain
Which we must walk alone...
'Tis then we take the backward glance
And murmur with a sigh-
A pity I have lived this long..
'Tis better far to die.